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7 Ways To Spruce Up Thanksgiving Dinner (Without Cranberry Sauce!)

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7 Ways To Spruce Up Thanksgiving Dinner (Without Cranberry Sauce!)
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Hey, there's nothing with wrong with cranberry sauce. It's a Thanksgiving classic to be respected. But sometimes you want to veer from tradition and freshen things up a bit. With these homemade condiments you'll be able to give Thanksgiving dinner a makeover without too much effort. The best part is all of these condiments can be made ahead of the big day so they'll be ready when you need them. Keep the recipes handy, you may want to try them for Christmas too!

1. Chili Jam Recipe (pictured above)

Do you like things spicy? Use this fiery jam to kick up dips, sauces, dressings and glazes. It's also great blended with honey and slathered over biscuits. 

2. Plum Chutney in a Jar

If you'd like to entertain guests with an assorted cheese plate serve this plum chutney on the side. This condiment is a great when paired with cheeses like Emmental, Gouda and Cheddar.

3. Mostarda of Cremona

This condiment hails from Northern Italy and is best described as a fruit chutney with a kick from mustard essence. It's heavenly paired with cheeses or boiled meats.

4. Chinese Five Spice Salt

Want to add a bit of Asian flair to your Thanksgiving turkey? Season it with this fragrant salt. This condiment is simple to make and packs a punch. Use it to rub your bird inside and out.

5. Wild Apple Jelly

Why limit apple jelly to breakfast? When heated and thinned out with a bit of water apple jelly makes an wonderful glaze for roasted vegetables and meats - especially ham.

6. Plum Walnut Jam

Nuts are a staple of the holiday season. So why not add them to jam? This unusual spread will enhance the flavor of meats, cheeses and bread. It could even make a nice filling for a pie or tart.

7. Homemade Butter

Make your Thanksgiving guests feel extra special by serving them homemade butter. If you've never tried making butter you'll be amazed at how simple it is. Once you master the recipe you can experiment by adding herbs and spices before letting it harden.

Looking for more holiday tips and recipes? Check out our collection of Thanksgiving ideas.

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